Viennese noir... with red tinges
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Friday 25 March 2011
If you can tell a design classic by how often it is copied, then the Cafe Daum coat stand surely has the credentials. From its illustrious beginnings in 19th-century Viennese café society, versions of it can now be found on Amazon for about 20 quid. And for £50 they'll throw in another, and a shoe rack too. The real thing will cost you nearer £200.
Saturday 05 March 2011
The television cameras were told to ignore her, and Austria's rich and powerful sought to avoid her. But amid all the bling on display at the Vienna Opera Ball, most eyes were still on one particular jewel – Ruby.
Thursday 03 March 2011
Not content with starring in a sex and corruption scandal that threatens to sink Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, teenage belly dancer Karima "Ruby" El Mahroug, is now raising eyebrows the other side of the Alps by accepting €40,000 (£34,000) to keep another septuagenarian magnate company – this time at Vienna's illustrious debutant Opera Ball.
Thursday 10 February 2011
You could never accuse Classic FM of being po-faced, but you'd go far to find a more irreverent approach than in this week's Saturday Concert, "Sticky Endings", which explored the many hilarious and undignified ways that great composers have died. In a show which must have been great fun to research, Howard Goodall, Classic FM's composer-in-residence, ran through Jean-Baptiste Lully, who died of blood poisoning and gangrene after accidentally stabbing himself in the foot with the conductor's baton; Alkan, who was crushed to death by a bookcase; and Borodin, who collapsed in full national dress on the dance floor. The atonalist members of the second Viennese school had appropriately ludicrous deaths: Arnold Schoenberg, who suffered from a morbid fear of the number 13, died on 13 July 1951; and Anton Webern was accidentally shot in post-war Austria, when GIs arriving to arrest his son-in-law saw him light a cigar and assumed it was a weapon. "Yet another smoking-related death!" quipped Goodall, irrepressibly.
Friday 28 January 2011
Friday 28 January 2011
This sixth Viennese mystery to feature the sleuthing double-act of detective Oskar Rheinhardt and psychoanalyst Max Liebermann should satisfy Frank Tallis's old admirers and seduce new ones.
Wednesday 26 January 2011
Bolton manager Owen Coyle said yesterday that he expects football supporters throughout England to feel a sense of sadness when Nat Lofthouse is laid to rest today.
Monday 17 January 2011
Sir Bobby Charlton led the tributes to Nat Lofthouse, who died on Saturday. The former Bolton Wanderers centre-forward, who scored 30 goals in 33 England games, was described by Charlton as "a great player, without any question".
Thursday 13 January 2011
The former Rangers favourite Dado Prso has backed his fellow Croatian Nikica Jelavic to hit the ground running following the false start to his Ibrox career. Jelavic is pushing for a return to first-team action after recovering from surgery to the ankle he damaged during a match against Heart of Midlothian on 2 October, his sixth game for the club.
Sunday 28 November 2010
Echoes of Venice are few in Jaroussky's recital of Antonio Caldara's castrato arias, though "Se un Core Annodi", from Achille in Sciro, has a welcome hint of carnival sass.
Wednesday 24 November 2010
Sunday 21 November 2010
This tribute to the late composer Joe Zawinul by Holland's fabulous 48-piece Metropole Orchestra is something of a missed opportunity.
Monday 15 November 2010
By the end of Opera North's new production of Franz Lehár's operetta The Merry Widow not only has the future of the fragile Pontevedrian economy been assured but the show has finally ignited after a cool start.
Friday 29 October 2010
When this startling novel about sado-masochism, morbid voyeurism, self-harm and stifling maternal love was published in German in 1983, it divided responses, as so many of Jelinek's writings have done.
Thursday 09 September 2010
Oscar wining film The Third Man (1949) has been re-released on blu ray with commentary from assistant director Guy Hamilton, actor Simon Callow and other members of the production team.
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